Crime & Courts

Federal sex trafficking charges filed against Wichita massage parlor owner

The owner of a massage parlor at Hillside and Central is facing federal sex trafficking charges.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said 60-year-old Samir F. Elias employed and provided housing for a Chinese woman working as a prostitute under the name “Angel.” An undercover detective arrested the woman after she offered sexual services during a massage. Grissom said the woman lived at GiGi’s Elite Massage, 357 N. Hillside, or at Elias’ home, worked daily with no formal massage training and has been convicted of selling sex in Wichita Municipal Court.

She paid Elias a portion of the fees collected for giving massages to patrons — $10 or $20, depending on the length of the appointments — and was allowed to keep her tips, Grissom said. The parlor was at 6611 E. Central before moving to its current location.

Elias is charged with transporting and harboring an unlawful alien, harboring an alien for prostitution, and two counts of money laundering.

Three of the counts carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The two others carry penalties of up to 20 years in federal prison. Elias could also be fined if convicted, Grissom said.

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker